Birds of a Feather
Title : Birds of a Feather
Series : Bellingham Mystery, Book #5
Author : Nicole Kimberling
Publisher : Loose id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 97 pages (e-book)
Published : June 18, 2013
Peter Fontaine just wants to get married. He’s got a willing man, a house, a cat and the official permission of the State of Washington. Everything should be peachy, but weddings mean guests and guests bring the magic of friends and family—the enthusiastic, the vengeful and the weird.
But figuring out a seating chart that won’t result in homicide isn’t Peter’s only problem. He’s a reporter and reporters need stories. Fortunately Peter has one.
When he finds a dead, dismembered bald eagle near his home, he’s on the case. As guests converge upon his home, Peter searches the county for the person responsible.
Nick and Peter are getting married! In Nicole Kimberling’s “Birds of a Feather”, the main characters have a lot on their respective plates to accomplish before their wedding. But really, all long time fans of the Bellingham Mystery series know a lot will happen to make everything as difficult as possible. For Peter things would be slightly easier if Nick would tell him the subject of his current painting. Things would also be easier if the green-haired neighbor boy wasn’t riding his bike in the way of their car. But ultimately, things would be a lot easier if someone hadn’t shot a hole into their car window while they were driving in it. The local police think it was accidental. The green-haired neighbor boy thinks it was an eagle poacher. The dead eagle he found lends credence to his theory. Because from there things can only get worse, Bradley, Nick’s late common law husband’s son, shows up demanding Peter sign a pre-nup. Good times! And there is still a wedding to plan.
Peter begins work on an eagle poaching story for The Hamster. He comes home to find Nick’s parents, Erik and Ingrid, in the driveway. Then Erik barges his way into Peter’s eagle poaching story. So of course it has to be time for the bachelor parties and the caterer craps out while Peter’s mom decides she should be there early too if Nick’s parents are early. One of Nick’s friends, Shamus, is way too handsy for Peter’s comfort. Upon seeing the different bachelor parties Peter is struck with the realization that Nick’s cousin, Kjell, is perhaps a touch more skilled at best man organization than his best man, Evangeline. Evangeline does, however, come through for Peter when he needs it. At Nick’s bachelor party an exceedingly drunk Nick is in Shamus’ very handsy hands. Peter takes him upstairs to sleep it off. Peter and Erik solve their poaching story, vows need to be written, and the rehearsal dinner is upon them. Of course that’s when things finally go truly wrong, although the wedding itself is perfect.
I love this series! When I found out I’d get to review the book I excitedly told my husband all about it! He gave me one of those very indulgent and patient looks. Whatever. But, this book did not disappoint. It has all the same slightly campy humor and wit found throughout the series. Peter and Nick get involved in ridiculous antics that “could” happen to anyone. Sort of. They also grapple with realistic relationship dramas and have to feel their way through both the ridiculous and realistic together. I was both charmed and entertained with some laugh out loud moments thrown into the mix.
More than anything what this book was for me is the perfect example of showing that a marriage between two men is just as dramatic and moving as one between a man and a woman. Tons of books tell it and preach it. This is the book that shows what marriage equality is. For me, Nicole Kimberling shows the point she is trying to make better than any other author I’ve come across so far.
Rated 5 stars by Faye